How to Perform a Right-Click on a MacBook Trackpad


On my Mac, I do a lot of right-clicking. I recently borrowed a friend’s MacBook and enabled a right-click for the trackpad as one of the first things I did to make it useable. “Right-clicking” on macOS has a few different possibilities.

One of these entails pressing the Right-Click on a MacBook Trackpad. A two-finger click, a click on the left side of the trackpad, or tapping the Control key while clicking are the additional choices. This article will walk you through the process of setting up and using one of these choices.

Many objects in macOS can be accessed by using one of the “right-click” alternatives. Consider the following scenario:

  • When you right-click on an app icon, a menu of useful choices appears. You can open a new Safari window by right-clicking on the Safari icon.
  • One of your existing windows should be opened.
  • Stop using Safari.
  • In Safari, right-clicking on a link brings up a menu that allows you to:
  • In a new tab or window, open a link.
  • Make a copy of the link.
  • Download the file from the URL.

The right-click options for a Mac trackpad

There are a few options to choose from. We’ll start by explaining how to “right-click” on a Mac by using the Control key.

Using the Control key

Using the Control key, right-click:

  • Hover your cursor over the item you want to right-click.
  • While clicking the trackpad, keep the Control key pressed. On the trackpad, you may click anywhere.

The trackpad in System Preferences is used to set up the following options.

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Using a two-finger click, right-click or left-click

As a “right-click,” you can utilize a two-finger click, a right-click, or a left-click on your trackpad.

Right-Click on a MacBook Trackpad

  • Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu. To open Search, press Command + Space Bar, then type system. Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
    Select Trackpad from the menu.
  • The setting you’re looking for is called “Secondary click” in this case.
  • If “Secondary click” does not have a checkmark next to it, click the checkbox to enable it.
  • Click the writing beneath “Secondary click” to alter how the to right-click is executed. There are three possibilities:
  • Use two fingers to click.
  • In the lower right corner, click.
  • In the bottom left corner, click.
  • Choose your favorite “right-click” choice. It will work right away.

Bonus right-click method: Two-Finger Tap

There is still one more choice. A two-finger tap can be made to act as a “right-click.” Instead of one of the alternatives above, you can utilize a two-finger tap:

  • Select Trackpad from the System Preferences menu.
  • Select “Tap to click to enable it” from the drop-down menu.
  • Ensure that “Secondary click” is turned on. To access the options, click the writing beneath “Secondary click.”
  • “Click or tap with two fingers” is the option.
Kuldeep Sathwara
Kuldeep Sathwara
Kuldeep is an iOS lover loves to write about the iphones ,iPad, Mac Updates, issues , Fixes and More.

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